O’siyo. The National Museum Of The American Indian (NMAI) will Honor singer and Native rights activist Buffy Sainte-Marie for Women’s History Month onThursday March 14, 2013. Ms. Marie is a member of the Cree Nation and has inspired many Natives (and non-Natives) with her songs, good will, and most especially her projects for children.
”Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) won an Oscar for the song “Up Where We Belong”, which is also the name of the museum’s popular music exhibition. The artist is featured in a Native Sounds Downtown concert, which highlights old hits and new compositions focused on “the art of the protest song.” -NMAI-2013
The Many Faces of Buffy Sainte-Marie
“Buffy Sainte-Marie was a graduating college senior in 1962 and hit the ground running in the early Sixties,.. she toured North America’s colleges, reservations and concert halls…By age 24, Buffy Sainte-Marie had appeared all over Europe, Canada, Australia and Asia, receiving honors, medals and awards, which continue to this day….her “Universal Soldier” became the anthem of the peace movement. For her very first album she was voted Billboard’s Best New Artist.
She disappeared suddenly from the mainstream American airwaves during the Lyndon Johnson years. Unknown to her, as part of a blacklist which affected Eartha Kitt, Taj Mahal and a host of other outspoken performers, her name was included on White House stationery as among those whose music “deserved to be suppressed”, and radio airplay disappeared…In Indian country and abroad, however, her fame only grew.
Denied an adult television audience in the U.S., in 1975 she joined the cast of Sesame Street for five years. She continued to appear at countless grassroots concerts, AIM (American Indian Movement) events and other activist benefits in Canada and the U.S… and won an Academy Award Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for the song Up Where We Belong.”
“This banner exhibition highlights Native people who have been active participants in contemporary music for nearly a century…Many have been involved in each form of popular music — from jazz and blues to folk, country, and rock. In this exhibition their stories will be told, along with the history behind them. Visitors can hear samples of these music greats and find out with whom they collaborated, learn by whom they were inspired, and consider contemporary artists whom they influenced. Highlights include Jimi Hendrix’s (Cherokee) colorful patchwork full-length leather coat.”
Video of Buffy Sainte-Marie singing ”Up Where We Belong”
“Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe, and about what ‘was’ and ‘were,’ we present Native American culture as a living contemporary culture.”~Artist Buffy Saint-Marie~ Cree Nation
We extend our Congratulations and Blessings to Buffy and her wonderful projects!
Teachers will find free and Complete Lesson Plans with Answer Keys on the following U.S. tribes: Apache, Blackfeet, Cherokee, Choctaw, Crow, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Mohawk (read about the fascinating “Sky Walkers”) Navajo, Shawnee, Sioux, and Zuni.
We also offer our unique and informative Tribalpedia which offers concise historical and current material about many Native tribes. Included are Discussion Questions for students.
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